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Axial, photo by Daniel Hawkins

Axial is a sound installation in which a cargo container is employed as a resonant object: resonant in its acoustic sense because the container is used as sound generator, but also resonant in its metaphorical connotation because the container and the generated sounds translate and represent the geological properties of Axial, an active submarine volcano on the Juan de Fuca Ridge located about 250 miles off the coast of Oregon. The container is also the space-instrument for interpreting the scientific data obtained during the oceanographic expedition Enlighten’10, during which the artist recorded the sounds of the hydrothermal vents located in the area at depth of over 4,500 feet.

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